It is hard to write this paragraph because I don’t want to sound cheesy! I’m an optimistic, happily married, motivated young professional. I want to do everything and go everywhere! I don’t know what “I want to be when I grow up,” but I’m thankful for all of the opportunities I’ve had so far and I can’t wait to see what comes next!
“Qualifications and Credentials”
Education is important, but so is hands-on, real-life, practical experience! Here’s my formal schooling:
• Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a double major in Marketing and Human Resources
• ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor
• AFCPE® AFC® (Accredited Financial Counselor)
• Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a double emphasis in Finance and Human Resources – In Progress
My work experiences include working as a supervisor of financial counselors for a government contractor, serving as the Director for a non-profit military support organization, supporting military families through a senior advisory role, assisting the executive branch for a major military support organization, teaching Life Skills and Group Exercise at a community college, and internships for the United States Congress and a Fortune 500 company.
In 2011, I earned my ACE Group Fitness certification, and in 2012, my ACE Personal Trainer certification. Due to also working on my MBA and earning my Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC®) certification, I accidentally let my Personal Trainer certification lapse, but I am still current on my ACE Group Fitness certification and AFC®! Additionally, I’m working on my Chartered Financial Consultant certification as well. I love being well-rounded and constantly learning new things so that I can better serve my clients and the community around me.
My “Exercise” Background
I’ve been working out since age 11, when I tagged along with my oldest brother on daily bike rides throughout the summer. I lost a few pounds of “baby fat” and felt great. Entering middle school, I begged my parents to sign me up at a great health club, and they did. I was addicted! Every day after school my mom would drop me off for about 2 hours. I used every machine I could – it was so much fun! (And that’s how it should be – not a chore!)
In high school, I continued my (almost) daily exercise routine and played Varsity Tennis for all four years. Senior year, I frequented the gym before school from 5-7am and after tennis practice. While I was fit, I enjoyed my mom’s home-cooking. Going to college made it easy for me to drop a few pounds instead of gaining the “freshman 15.” I was not tempted by the freedom of being out on my own. I think I actually lost 10 pounds the first month just by continuing my exercise routine and picking the “healthier choice” at the cafeteria.
I stayed committed to daily exercise, including a variety of cardio (running, elliptical, biking, and weights). I loved switching up my class schedule every semester to add to the variety with my workouts. (I pretty much plan my life around when I know I will be most motivated to exercise.) I found a great workout partner and we took spin together. I also competed in my first sprint triathlon! (It was nice to challenge myself by incorporating swimming, but I learned that’s not my cardio of choice.)
Since graduation and marriage, I feel healthier than ever! Fitness is engrained into my daily life. So much so that I haven’t even thought about dieting (restricting food) in years. I love our lifestyle. We make “healthy choices,” and over the years, we’ve continually altered our “go-to” meals to become healthier and healthier.
Every morning my husband knows to ask, “what’s our workout for today?” We make it part of our routine, whether at home or on vacation. We enjoy being active! We change up our exercise routines to stay motivated and challenged. I rotate between running, elliptical, biking, sometimes Zumba or Spin, and weightlifting.
My fitness motivation varies, as sometimes I am focused on other personal or professional goals (like our recent move across the world, traveling, social groups, financial counseling, my MBA, or finding new employment), but I always make it a priority to work out and eat healthy options. I am excited to find some time to contribute on Semper Wellness, sharing my experiences, knowledge, goals, and progress!